How has wind, water and other weather shaped the Earth? And how long has it taken?
See dramatic rock and mountain formations and a giant stalagmite, and find out how they formed. Discover how stones change shape and explore interactive exhibits in the Restless Surface gallery.
Star specimens and exhibits
- frozen lightning captured in desert sand
- the ancient life that makes up limestone
- interactive displays showing how wind and water can turn sand into waves
- a tombstone sundial
- minerals borne from the sea
Explore the galleries with the Museum map
Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.
Discover: the world around us
Understanding the geology of Mars in the hunt for life
Data being collected from the surface of Mars are already providing a glut of information about Jezero crater.25 November 2022
Ancient Martian rivers discovered at planned ExoMars rover landing site
The next rover to land on Mars could discover signs of a once mighty river ecosystem.22 November 2022
What on Earth?
Supervolcanoes and their enormous eruptions
Discover what a supervolcano is, what their eruptions are like and how they impact our planet.
Winchcombe meteorite delivers extraterrestrial water to Earth
The origins of a meteorite which lit up skies above the UK last year have been revealed.16 November 2022